Harris: Meeting Rick Santorum

Guest Contribution from Conservative Teenager, Austin Harris.

We pulled up to the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa, Iowa while observing that the ground between the highway and parking lot had a lot Rick Santorum yard signs. There were many vehicles in the parking lot but not all of them were there for Rick. The building is very large so there were other rooms in the building holding events. But we walked in and saw the booth for Santorum which had many different hand cards and Santorum signs (surprised they had any left in the state after seeing what they had along the highway.) The room was fairly large with about 30 people in it already and the media laying up against the wall. By the time Rick got there the room was packed.


 
When Rick Santorum finally arrived I noticed something very different on how he entered the room. He came through the entrance that everybody else came through. (When I go to other political events they usually enter them through the back door into a closed off area to add dramatic effect with a rope line restraining you from them.) But no, Rick came in like everybody else, and trust me there was multiple doors for him to come into in the room and with no rope line, he went around the room to make sure he said hello to everybody and gave them a strong Pennsylvania handshake.
 
The very popular Iowa Secretary of State, Matt Schultz (R), who endorsed Rick Santorum, spoke first about his endorsement and when he first met him. The next speaker was Sam Clovis who is a radio talk show host from the Sioux City area. Then of course the man of the day, Rick, got to take the podium.
 
Sitting there listening to the Rick talk about his plan to help Americans in hard times and about his experience as a Senator and how he helped write bills was very refreshing because you felt that America does have a chance. That things can get better under conservative leadership.
 
Rick stopped talking and answering questions, he left the room real quick because he had to make a call down to Florida. But as soon as he got out he took a group picture with about 25 college students and Aaron Windeknecht waved me over and had let me in to ask the Senator a few questions while the media was swarming us. I observed that Rick is a real nice guy, like his son John that I had met earlier, that always looked happy to meet you and answer your questions.
 
My first questions for Rick was if he wanted to respond to the recent attacks on him from Rick Perry about the earmarks requested as a Senator. Rick, with a smile on his face, told me that the congress approves funds and that Rick Perry has lobbyist go into D.C. to advocate for earmarks for Texas. I wanted to talk economics and how to get the economy back on track. He told me that we need to cut taxes, reduce regulations, change the atmosphere in D.C., and balance the budget. He also talked about cutting 5 trillion dollars in 5 years. Rick believes if you want to empower and energize Americans then you need to paint a picture on who we are. Rick also told me that there was never a point in this race he wanted to drop out. And finally I wanted to ask the question that everybody wonders about. Who are some possible Vice Presidential picks? Rick politely declined to answer that question.
 
After the interview I was reminded that there is a true, good hearted, conservative candidate that cares about this country. Rick Santorum is different from the others. He is very friendly, very nice, looks happy to meet you, loves to spend time with people, and he acts like an everyday American. All I can say is, “I Pick Rick!”

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4 comments on “Harris: Meeting Rick Santorum

  1. After learning today on the news that Santorum is the Senator who ordered a Judge to review the Terry Schiavo case. A order which ultimately lead to her death. I do not believe he is a conservative but perhaps the biggest moderate running. His time is now limited. That was the reason he lost his state race by a large margin. Now that the word is out in the news today nationally that he was the one who caused Schiavo’s life support to be pulled.. His race is over.

    • Lisa says:

      Maybe this article will clear things up for you. http://www.wnd.com/2005/03/29609/ Rick’s purpose in asking the judge to review the case was that he was hoping Schiavo’s feeding tubes would be reinserted. At the point that he asked for a review, her tubes had already been pulled. He was trying to save her, and it was not his fault that it did not work out. Please get your facts right and do the research before posting unfounded accusations.

  2. Lisa says:

    Great article, Austin.

  3. Karen Sherry Brackett says:

    “Asked if Congress can tell a judge what to do, Santorum replied: “We didn’t tell him what to do. We told him that he should have jurisdiction and he did not do what we asked him to do.” Lisa, I want to thank you for your response. What Santorum failed to do was to help save Schiavo’s life by basically intervening in a form that was basically nothing more than passing the buck. Instead of taking congressional responsibility to defend the Constitutional right to life and the pursuit of happiness, he instead cast off his duty and he did so in a way that hampered others from performing and protecting their own liberties.

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